Carlie Steiner: The cocktail maven of Petworth's Himitsu

Carlie Steiner: The cocktail maven of Petworth's Himitsu

Of the women I interviewed for these series, Steiner is the most outspoken and unapologetic feminist. Her wines are female, her staff is free to kick sleazy men out of the restaurant at will, and she doesn’t care if you don’t like it.

“You can be hospitable and still stand up for yourself,” she says.

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Warm up with the Whisky Brothers tasting event at the Reading Room, Feb 28th

Warm up with the Whisky Brothers tasting event at the Reading Room, Feb 28th

The Reading Room at Petworth Citizen is home to so many cool cocktail and drink events, and as a fan of whiskey and bourbons, the one coming next week sounds great to me.

Petworth’s own whisky expert Dan Searing is hosting “Barrel Proof Bourbon,” a class on barrel proof bourbon on February 28th.

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Cinder BBQ is coming to Petworth - get your taste buds ready

Cinder BBQ is coming to Petworth - get your taste buds ready

The 800 block of Upshur is going to have a new, wonderful aroma in a few weeks. Three long-term DC restaurateurs, Matt Krimm, John Anderson and Bill Coleman, are getting ready to open Cinder, a neighborhood barbeque restaurant, at the corner of 8th and Upshur. They hope to open in April. From the sound of it, it’s going to be delicious.

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New restaurant coming to Ruta del Vino space

New restaurant coming to Ruta del Vino space

Word on the street is the Ruta Del Vino space at 8th and Upshur St has a new owner. 

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Here's a peek at the new Büna Coffeehouse opening Friday on Webster & Georgia

Here's a peek at the new Büna Coffeehouse opening Friday on Webster & Georgia

Rejoice, you caffeine addicts! Büna Coffeehouse is opening on Friday, February 8th at the corner of Webster Street and Georgia Avenue (4400 Georgia Ave NW). This great little shop is the brainchild of the family that owns the building, and used to run the Uneeda convenience store.

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Come out for a chili cook-off this Sunday with popular Petworth & Park View restaurants

Come out for a chili cook-off this Sunday with popular Petworth & Park View restaurants

It’s a neighborhood chili cook-off contest! That’s not only a lot of Cs… it’s a lot of great-tasting food from some of Petworth’s and Park View’s popular restaurants and bars. And the judges are great (ok, self-serving… I’m a judge.)

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Lulabelle’s Sweet Shop reopens with new food menu, same great ice cream!

Lulabelle’s Sweet Shop reopens with new food menu, same great ice cream!

File under yay! and yum! Lulabelle’s Sweet Shop reopens after a month-long hiatus. Inside you’ll find some minor remodeling, but the real changes are to the breakfast and lunch menus.

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So what's the deal with Qualia Coffee? Staying, moving?

So what's the deal with Qualia Coffee? Staying, moving?

With my recent complaint article about Dunkin becoming a “grab & go” instead of a sit-down coffee shop, a number of readers asked about the status of Qualia Coffee. I spoke with owner Joel Finkelstein.

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Dunkin makes a bad choice, becomes a "grab & go" instead of sit-down coffee shop

Dunkin makes a bad choice, becomes a "grab & go" instead of sit-down coffee shop

The Dunkin Donuts at 850 Quincy St NW has changed it’s license to be a “grab & go” location, meaning they’ve eliminated the seating and closed the bathrooms. It’s a bad choice.

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What's next for Paul Ruppert and Upshur Street

What's next for Paul Ruppert and Upshur Street

Whether you call him the Mayor of Upshur Street, a restaurateur or a savvy businessman, Paul Ruppert has spent years developing retail and restaurants in Petworth, helping to kick off the revitalization of the neighborhood’s reputation and its culinary and literary appetites. With the recent closing of Slim’s Diner and a new owner for Upshur Street books, what’s next for Ruppert?

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A new restaurant and a clothing store to open on Upshur in the next few months

A new restaurant and a clothing store to open on Upshur in the next few months

As proof in the pudding that Upshur is doing fine comes the news that two new businesses are opening up in the next few months on the corridor. Both are the brainchild of Don Route, who grew up in the Petworth area.

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A night of events at Del Barrio's "Night of 1000 Frida Kahlos"

A night of events at Del Barrio's "Night of 1000 Frida Kahlos"

Taqueria del Barrio is sponsoring a celebration of artist Frida Kahlos with events starting at 4pm happy hour and a special photography class at 9pm on Friday, January 25th.

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